A Minute With: Tom Selleck talking "Blue Bloods"

Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:27pm EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With a Hollywood career spanning four decades, Tom Selleck has charmed audiences in a variety of diverse roles, which now includes a top New York City cop on the new television show "Blue Bloods."

The Emmy Award-winning actor is perhaps best known for his leading role on 1980s TV show "Magnum P.I." But he also has appeared on the hit show "Friends," and in the 1987 hit film "Three Men and A Baby."

Selleck divides his time between his southern California avocado ranch and New York City, the setting for "Blue Bloods," about a multi-generational police family, which premieres on Friday.

He spoke to Reuters about his role as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Ryan, the ensemble cast and why building a chair appeals to him.

Q: Cops shows come and go. What will give 'Blue Bloods' staying power?

A: "While we do go into cop procedures, you also see this aspect of a family of three generations of Irish cops. And you don't always see a show that blends family drama into a police drama. I think the fact that our show takes the time for that will make our show stand out with viewers."

Q: How did you prepare to play the role?

A: "I've played police officers in the past, so I was able to draw on that experience. If anything, Frank Regan is also a dad. Though I haven't modeled him after my father, Frank is a good father and I think about my father and what choices he would have made."   Continued...

<p>Tom Selleck talks about his show "Blue Bloods" during the CBS, Showtime and the CW Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California, July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>